Outbreaks and pandemics come and go.
But America is facing a long-term epidemic with much heavier consequences.
I’m talking about the obesity epidemic.
Within the decade, nearly half the country will be obese.
And a state-by-state breakdown found that more than 50% of the population of 29 states will be obese.
Believe it or not, it gets worse.
Severe obesity (being more than 100 pounds overweight) will be the most common body mass index (BMI) category among women, black adults and those living in low-income situations.
This is a very big problem for the health of our country.
It’s one thing to wish you could drop a few pounds.
It’s quite another to be dangerously overweight.
Here are the other health problems that come with obesity…
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
These are all very dangerous diseases that can wipe decades off our lives.
Too many of us are speeding through life… hurrying up through lines in fast-food joints… taking shortcuts with high-calorie premade meals… and snacking on ever-ready highly processed foods.
And what are people speeding toward?
An early trip to the grave.
But there’s an alternate route…
Easy as Pie
We humans weren’t prepared for life to be this simple.
When we were hunting and gathering, it made sense to look for the most calorie-dense food.
Our ancestors long, long ago didn’t know when or where their next meal was going to come from.
So when they scored something good, their brains rewarded them with a hefty shot of dopamine.
Fast-forward to today, and the problem is we’re still getting that shot of dopamine every time we stuff our bodies with tons of calories… and those calories are constantly at our fingertips.
But there’s a simple way to tame these impulses.
Limit the window of time you eat.
Eat only during a specific 8- or 10-hour window – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., for example. And fast for the rest of the time. (Fortunately you’re asleep for much of it.)
This can dramatically help cut out all of the unnecessary snacking.
At first, you might miss that late-night shot of dopamine thanking you for an extra piece of cake or a handful of chips.
But it’s worth it. And after just a week, the body and mind completely normalize the routine.
It’s a surprisingly easy way to start cutting back on the empty calories.
And when you start to feel the effects of slightly limiting your caloric intake, there’s a cascading effect that happens. The brain starts making better dietary decisions.
Just as eating sugary foods leads to the desire for more sugary foods… eating well leads to the desire to continue to do so.
It’s a slippery slope both upward and downward.
So which way would you rather go?
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